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The Analytical Food Testing Laboratory at IIT- Kharagpur (KGP) recently received the National Accreditation Board for Calibration and Testing Laboratories (NABL) accreditation, which will empower IIT-KGP to certify food items for their nutritional value and also check for adulteration.
In a first among the Indian Institutes of Technology (IITs), IIT-KGP will soon start testing and certifying food items at its campus. After getting the accreditation, the institute has already started the process of certification for a Kolkata-based company for fish items and neem oil.
IIT-KGP already has an agricultural and food engineering department which has been involved in testing of food items.
According to the data, West Bengal has five NABL accredited food testing labs in addition to the recent entry of IIT-KGP lab.
Certification from an NABL accredited laboratory is seen as a stamp of approval on the nutrition content and food safety standard of the product.